Photos: All 16 Bessmer children

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am

When Joel and Kathy Bessmer got married, they decided they would have a big family. They agreed on a number: six. Six kids. But then after six, came seven. And Kathy hated odd numbers. So after seven came eight. Then nine. And now the Bessmers are up to 16. Three are adopted from Ethiopia.

Stay tuned Sunday for Erin Grace's column on just how a family of 16 -- with chickens! -- gets along, day-by-day.

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